El Escorial

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Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
A distant view of the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
A distant view of the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
Location San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Coordinates 40°35′20″N 4°08′52″W / 40.58889°N 4.14778°W / 40.58889; -4.14778Coordinates: 40°35′20″N 4°08′52″W / 40.58889°N 4.14778°W / 40.58889; -4.14778
Architect Juan Bautista de Toledo
Governing body Ministry of the Presidency
Official name: Monastery and Site of the Escorial, Madrid
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iv
Designated 1984 (8th session)
Reference No. 318
State Party  Spain
Region Europe and North America
Official name: Monasterio de San Lorenzo
Type Real property
Criteria Monument
Designated 3 June 1931
Reference No. (R.I.) - 51 - 0001064 - 00000
El Escorial is located in Madrid
Location of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain Madrid

El Escorial is a famous royal site in Spain. It was built in the late 1500s. El Escorial is a monastery, a royal palace, a museum and a school. It is located about 45 km (28 mi) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Five miles from the main building is a hunting lodge called Granjilla de La Fresneda, which is also part of the Escorial.

The building was designed by the architect Juan Bautista de Toledo to the plans of King Philip II. El Escorial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a very popular tourist attraction.

El Escorial was one of 100 finalists for the 12 Treasures of Spain in 2007.[1]

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